How did Texas get its mojo back?

Rick Barnes' strategic recruiting has Texas back in the Top 25 with the nation's eighth-youngest team. William Purnell/Icon SMI

It’s hard to imagine that a coach who had taken a basketball program to 14 straight NCAA tournaments, 13 straight 20-win seasons and three straight Sweet 16s (five overall), coaching two National Players of the Year in that time, could get so dumb.

But that was the consensus after last season’s 16-18 Longhorns debacle. In fact, Rick Barnes’ team was picked to finish eighth in the Big 12’s 2013-14 preseason poll.